SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar’s “All-New, All-Different Avengers” #9.
All-New Wasp has arrived! In Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar’s “All-New, All-Different Avengers” #9, Nadia showed up at the Avengers’ hangar, only to reveal she was actually the daughter of Hank Pym and his first wife, Maria Trovaya.
As it turns out, Maria was kidnapped and “killed” by foreign agents; however, she had enough time to give birth to a baby girl, who was then taken to be raised in the Red Room (of Black Widow fame). When she began showing an aptitude for science, Nadia was shifted from combat training to tech, where she was told of her connection to Hank Pym and encouraged to explore science. She was only able to escape after mastering the size-changing effects of a Black Market Pym particle and immediately sought her father, only to learn he was dead.
Upon news of her father’s death, she took up in his lab, where she worked with his size-changing technology until she had mastered it. Only then did she seek the Avengers, as she felt she had proved herself worthy of their acceptance.
Over the course of the issue, she also reveals some interesting aspects from her childhood; for instance, she recalls Bucky Barnes — aka the Winter Soldier — in one scene, though not by name. In another, she refers to Ultron as her father’s son and treats the Vision as family; when the latter has a Kang-related episode, she tells the Avengers, “I’m not going to lose him, too. He’s family.”
During her story, Tony Stark made sure to map her vitals and later tells Jarvis, “She doesn’t seem to be lying.” Of course, things are rarely as straightforward as they appear in comics, so this story could be a machination of the Red Room or another insidious force; however, for all appearances, Nadia truly believes in her story and could just as easily be telling the truth.
The issue also provides context for Nadia’s appearance in Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day offering, where she was seen navigating the Vision’s circuitry before he cried out in agony. Despite all appearances, though, she was helping him — rather than hindering him — overcome a residual effect of Kang’s tampering from the first arc.
At the end of the issue, Jarvis takes the girl home with him, while Nova reveals he will go looking for his father — and the Avengers agree to join him on his intergalactic search.
Waid and Asrar’s “All-New, All-Different Avengers” #9 is now on sale.
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